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Pupils have good relationships with staff, ‘Being on first name terms with teachers makes it more a friendship which helps me to learn.’ We had heard anecdotally that there is no uniform at Bootham but in fact there is a dress code with a simple requirement for 'modesty'... One boarder told us, ‘I love it, it’s a community, everyone has a dynamic. Bootham is the only school in the world to be a member of the Society for the History of Astronomy...

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Since 2023, Deneal Smith. Educated at Arnold School, Blackpool then degree in maths from Cambridge followed by a PhD in astrophysics during which he taught undergraduates, giving him a taste for teaching.

He taught physics and was a housemaster at Winchester before moving to Magdalen College School, Oxford as head of sixth form and director of studies. After a stint as under master at Westminster he went on to lead three schools: Warwick, Bablake and St John’s, Beaumont. He says of his role at Bootham, ‘This was the school I’ve been evolving to throughout my career.’ Like most of the staff, pupils and parents he is not a Quaker but completely buys in to the school’s Quaker STEPS (simplicity, truth, equality, peace and sustainability) focus as well as the tradition...

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Special Education Needs

We do not feel that we have particular special needs facilities which would mark us out as being better equipped than any other school of our type, ie one focused on a traditional academic curriculum aimed at select university application. We do feel that the Quaker ethos gives a particular style to the school which is manifested in the way individuals are treated, but this is open to all our pupils and not targeted on those with special needs or gifts. We do not for example have a special needs department, we do not have a dyslexia unit, we do not have particular facilities for physical special needs - indeed the old buildings present us with a real challenge in simply meeting the basic legislative requirements for accessibility. We will always treat each application sympathetically as any school is bound to do but we feel that there is a real danger for us in fostering expectations which cannot be met, because of our reputation for friendliness.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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